Our Mission

The Historical Records Commission promotes the preservation of historical records. Our duties are to:

  • Review and make recommendations regarding the designation of archival status of records to the Board of Supervisors to approve retention schedules developed by the County of Sonoma
  • Identify and encourage the preservation, conservation and use of additional governmental, business, professional and private records deemed historically significant
  • Encourage historical and genealogical societies, professional associations, private researchers and students to participate in the detailed research involved in preserving historical records
  • Promote the preservation, conservation and use of historical records through newspaper articles, internet/social media, events, television interviews, presentations to civic groups, preparation of pamphlets and posters, and the establishment of specialized advisory groups
  • Establish and maintain liaisons with interested stakeholders and parties with similar purposes
  • Seek outside funding for activities that promote the preservation, conservation and use of historical records
  • Encourage historical records preservation, conservation and use by endorsing relevant activities of historical societies, civic groups and commission, schools, etc.
  • Conduct such additional activities that foster and promote the preservation, conservation and use of historical records (e.g. research grants)
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